Hardware specialist MI Products, in conjunction with Eurocell Profiles, has launched its new Secure4life lock and low threshold patio door system, a unique and easy-to-fit enhanced security solution that meets Approved Document Q of the Building Regulations.
This regulatory change, which came into force from October 1 2015, places a new requirement on all new build installations and those that have a change of use in England and Wales to demonstrate compliance with PAS24:2012 or Secured by Design accreditations.
It sets out reasonable standards for doors and windows in new dwellings to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar, by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware.
The Secure4life product was jointly developed with Mila’s in-house product development team. Mila showcased the Secure4life product for the first time on their stand at The Build Show in October where it generated much interest from visitors.
Secure4life is a fully-fabricated aluminium interlock with a three-point locking mechanism activated by a small ergonomically-designed lever located 900mm above the floor. At this height it can easily by accessed by all, including wheelchair users, while also meeting the guidelines set out in the Lifetime Homes initiative.
The Secured by Design-accredited new interlock has three pairs of 304-grade stainless steel interlock protectors and it can be used with both PVC and aluminium profiles.
MI Products Director Ian Searle comments: “We welcome this addition to the Building Regulations that ensures greater levels of security are required to protect new homes.
“We developed the Secure4life interlock as a unique, cost-effective and enhanced inline sliding door security solution that is accessible for users of all ages and to meet the particular requirements set by the Lifetime Homes standard.”
Lifetime Homes stipulates 16 Design Criteria that can be universally applied to new homes at minimal cost. Each design feature adds to the comfort and convenience of the home and supports the changing needs of individuals and families at different stages of life.
Mila’s Technical Manager Strafford Cooke says: “It’s been such an easy process working with Ian and Martin. They understand the industry and they offer great ideas/solutions that are often so simple you wonder why you didn’t think of it!”
Ian adds: “An added advantage with our versatile system is that it can be installed with our low threshold to comply fully with Part M access requirements.”
As one of the UK’s premier hardware specialists, Coventry-based MI Products can offer architects and specifiers a wide range of quality architectural hardware products, plus a cost-effective product design and development service tailored to clients’ exact requirements.
From window and door hardware to the latest low thresholds for residential and sliding patio doors, the company can fulfil all types of customers’ requests for products that perform.